Aston Villa vs Brighton LIVE commentary and team news: Steven Gerrard set for tough first test as manager hosting high-flying Seagulls in Premier League clash
Steven Gerrard will hope to hit the ground running in charge of Aston Villa when his new side host inform Brighton this weekend.
The Liverpool icon sealed his first job in the English top flight after replacing Dean Smith, who was sacked following a run of five straight defeats.
Gerrard has a tough task trying to instantly turn things around at Villa Park with visitors Brighton level on points with sixth place Manchester United.
Aston Villa v Brighton: talkSPORT commentary
This Premier League clash will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, November 20.
Full coverage from Villa Park will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 2:30pm.
Adrian Durham will be your presenter and commentary will come from Nigel Adderley and former Arsenal winger Perry Groves.
Villa are winless in their last three against the Seagulls and are currently on their longest losing streak since they were relegated back in 2016.
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Aston Villa v Brighton: Team news
Ezri Konsa will return from suspension for the home side but Gerrard has yet to meet a number of his first-team stars due to international duty.
Tyrone Mings, John McGinn, Matty Cash, Emi Martinez and summer signing Leon Bailey are among the players set to return fit to Villa this week.
But Marvelous Nakamba picked up a groin injury playing for Zimbabwe and looks poised to miss out alongside Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet.
Both Dougas Luiz and Morgan Sanson also remain doubts due to a hamstring issue and illness respectively and did not train on Monday.
Brighton meanwhile will be without goalkeeper Robert Sanchez who is serving a two-match ban for the red card he received against Newcastle.
The Seagulls have a number of other injury concerns with Danny Welbeck and Steven Alzate among the club’s long-term absentees.
Dan Burn remains a doubt amid a recent knee issue while Enock Mwepu was forced to miss international duty with Zambia due to a muscle problem.
Aston Villa v Brighton: What has been said?
Gerrard told Villa TV: “I think Aston Villa sells itself. It’s an iconic football club that I know pretty well from the outside.
“I’m excited to get involved inside, start building relationships, get on the training pitch, and get started.
“The excitement levels are really, really high. I’m very ambitious and the start can’t come quick enough.”
Aston Villa v Brighton: Match facts
- Since winning their first Premier League game against Brighton in October 2019, Aston Villa are winless in three against the Seagulls (D2 L1) and haven’t led for a single minute in any of those games.
- In all competitions, Brighton have only won one of their last 12 matches against Aston Villa (D5 L6), a 2-1 away win last season in the Premier League, their first ever away win over Villa.
- Seven of the eight Premier League goals scored in this fixture have been scored by Englishmen (87.5%), the highest percentage of English scorers in any current Premier League fixture to have seen at least five goals in the competition. The exception was a goal from the Belgian Leandro Trossard in January 2020.
- Aston Villa have lost each of their last five Premier League games, their longest losing run since a streak of 11 in the 2015-16 campaign. Overall, it’s Aston Villa’s sixth run of at least five consecutive defeats in the Premier League, with only four sides having more (Bolton, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Southampton – all 7).
- Brighton are winless in six Premier League games, though five of these have ended level (L1). Away from home, the Seagulls are one of three teams still unbeaten in the Premier League this term (W2 D3), along with Chelsea and West Ham United.
- Aston Villa have had more goalless draws than any other side in Premier League history (104). Meanwhile, no side has had a higher share of their Premier League games finish 0-0 than Brighton (12% – 19/163).
- Steven Gerrard will be the 13th different permanent manager to take charge of Aston Villa in the Premier League. Only two of the previous 12 have won their first such game for the club (D6 L4), with John Gregory beating Liverpool (Feb 1998) and Gérard Houllier beating Wolves (Sep 2010).
- Last season, Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martínez had the best save % of any goalkeeper to play in at least half of his team’s games (75.4%). This season, the Argentine has the third worst such record in the competition (63.8%).
- Brighton’s Danny Welbeck has scored five Premier League goals against Aston Villa, his most against any opponent. He has scored in each of his last four league starts against Villa, with his last four such goals against them all coming at Villa Park.
- Brighton’s Leandro Trossard is looking to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time. The Belgian has already netted as many away league goals this season (2) as he did in his first two Premier League campaigns combined.